Having shown some good form in bumpers (his debut win in 2013 was followed by defeat to some useful rivals last year), Bennachie had been disappointing thus far over hurdles and hadn’t jumped well throughout prior to unseating at Plumpton in January on his handicap debut.

Bennachie and Alan Johns coming home in front

He has had some intensive schooling since that run and looked to have done well for the subsequent break since, so I was optimistic of a big run at Warwick yesterday.

Racing prominently throughout, Bennachie jumped well and, together with the eventual runner-up, quickened clear entering the home straight and the pair had it between them from then on, with Alan Johns producing Bennachie to lead at the second last.  Though he idled a little in front, Bennachie had enough left to win comfortably by just over three lengths.

Having won a conditional jockeys’ contest he avoids a penalty, so we’ll look to give him a couple of options late next week.